For his last year of contract, Jonathan Drouin has a specific goal in mind

For his last year of contract, Jonathan Drouin has a specific objective header

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The Canadiens' visit to Ottawa tonight will mark, in a way, Jonathan Drouin's return to the game. We say sort of because it's a preseason game – the Habs' fourth. 

Nevertheless, the 27-year-old forward will don his uniform for the first times since March 21.

Originally, he was scheduled to face the Maple Leafs on Wednesday. Sick, he had to give up his place to Juraj Slafkovsky.

It was a very funny coincidence for a player who keeps hammering his wish to stay healthy in the hope, to finally play a full season.

“Playing all 82 games is my only goal for the season,” he said once again at noon yesterday at the end of team training. Last year, I had no problem with the way I played. Another injury ended my season.

“In fact, in each of the last three, it has been my health that has sidelined me due to injuries to both of my wrists,” he continued.< /p>

Affinities with Monahan

In training, Drouin occupied the left wing of a unit supplemented by Sean Monahan and Joel Armia. Still recovering from left hip surgery, Monahan, whom the Canadiens acquired (along with a conditional 1st-round pick in 2025) from the Flames for nothing, will not face the Senators.

< p>However, Drouin would welcome the possibility of evolving, over the next few weeks, along with the one the Flames drafted in the first round (6th overall) at the 2013 auction.

According to him, their style would complement each other perfectly.

“Sean is excellent at finding open spaces near the net and my first quality is passing the puck. In the last few years, when he was not injured, he scored a lot of goals from this place, recalled Drouin, referring to the three seasons of more than 30 goals for the Ontarian. He has experience and he too has things to prove with his injuries.

And both are ending the last year of their contract.